One at a Time: Proposed Public Policy of the Remarriage-Termination Rule


Jamie Maher


Faculty editor: Paul Horton
Publication: Contemporary Legal Issues
Volume: 22
Start Page: 557
Month: December
Year: 2015
Type: Article


Today’s remarriage rule for court-ordered alimony actually has two parts: (1) When the supported ex-spouse remarries, the alimony award terminates automatically. The courts have said, rather vaguely, that requiring an ex-spouse to continue to pay alimony involuntarily after the obligee spouse remarries “would violate a sound principle of law and is against a recognized public policy.” (2) When the supporting ex-spouse remarries, the award does not terminate.